~ Actually it cost you absolutely nothing to come in and pre-plan your funeral services or memorial services. We sit down with families everyday and we get asked this question usually first thing in the family conference and usually the family has a strange look on their face when we say, “Absolutely Nothing!”
Pre-Planning your service in advance takes all the burden out of planning that you would normally encounter during an at-need conference. A pre-planning conference is usually a lot more comfortable and relaxing time when you can actually express the things that you would want to have done and design the service that would fit your needs and most families actually leave here with a smile on their face because that burden has now been lifted!
At Mayes Ward-Dobbins we will sit you down with a licensed funeral director and go through the whole process just like the service was taking place at that time. During a normal funeral planning conference there are over 220 questions that have to be answered and decided on, so plan on spending about an hour at the funeral home when making these arrangements. We will fill out obituary information, death certificate information, pick out caskets & urns, register books, programs, discuss veteran benefits, social security benefits, etc…. and so on. Once all this is completed we keep it here in our facility so that when the time does come, your spouse or children or whomever is left with handling these decisions just has to let us know a time and day, everything else is absolutely done, the service is exactly what you have planned and you haven’t spent anything except for about an hour of your time.
You can imagine how hard it is to sit down after a loved ones demise and actually go through this process and try to answer all of these questions. So families ask: “How do you not charge for this?” and this is why, its because we have already helped you plan the service and now the family is much more at ease with only having to deal with their grief and not all of the funeral arrangements, this actually makes our jobs a lot easier!
Now there is a program where some families actually wish to pre pay their funeral services and we will discuss that in a later post!
We understand that talking about death is not usually the topic over the dinner table and most people just don’t want to talk about it. Unfortunately this is something that we all might face and waiting to talk about it after a death has occurred doesn’t make it any easier. So I encourage all of you who are thinking about this, to look into taking the burden off of your family and giving them the last gift that you can give them.